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02.09.2022 09:30 - 02.09.2022 12:00
Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Jahnebakken 5, 4th floor, lecture room 4020.

Seminar on Global Paleoglaciers and Alpine Biome Reconstructions

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to an interdisciplinary seminar where we will present work towards global accessibility of paleoglacier reconstructions across disciplines and beyond academia. Within our newly started project ( we invited international colleagues specialised in reconstructing past glacier dynamics from field evidence. Our project goal for the coming years is to integrate glacier reconstructions in mountains worldwide with past distributions of alpine ecosystems to study the legacy of past dynamics on biodiversity hotspots. We hope that today will be the first of a series of seminar talks that will promote interdisciplinary research across the fields of glaciology, geography, and biology. Talks are meant to be accessible to researchers from any background!


09:30 - Seminar Intro - A new interdisciplinary project on the past, present, and future of alpine systems worldwide - PPF-Alpine. Suzette Flantua - University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre.


09:55 - Reconstructing mountain glaciers in western North America during the Younger Dryas stadial. Helen Dulfer - Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.


10:10 - Re-visiting the chronology and time-slice reconstruction of the last Eurasian ice sheets. Anna Hughes - University of Manchester, UK.


10:25 - Coffee break.


10:40 - Reconstructing Northern Hemisphere ice-sheet extents for the last 2.6 Ma. Martin Margold - Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.


10:55 - Towards global mountain paleoglacier modelling for academia and society. Julien Seguinot - University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre.


11:10 - Questions to all presenters


Please sign up by Thursday 1st of Sept to have enough coffee for everyone:


Feel free to join us for lunch at the Geophysical Institute Canteen after the seminar.


If you would like to meet with one of the seminar speakers in the afternoon, please let Julien or Suzette know so that we can plan accordingly.


Looking forward to see you there,


Julien & Suzette.

02.09.2022 13:00 - 02.09.2022 15:00
Jahnebakken 3 (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center) - Copernicus Meeting Room

Disputas: Fabio Mangini: "Sea-level change over the northern European continental shelf due to atmospheric and oceanic contributions"

MSc Fabio Mangini disputerer for ph.d.-graden 2. september kl.13.00 med avhandlingen:

"Sea-level change over the northern European continental shelf due to atmospheric and oceanic contributions"


Dr. Anny Cazenave, Laboratory of Space Geophysical and Oceanographic Studies (LEGOS)

Professor Chris Hughes, University of Liverpool


Leder av komiteen

Professor Elin Darelius, GFI



Instituttleder Tor Eldevik, GFI



Seniorforsker Laurent Bertino, NERSC

Professor Camille Li, GFI

Forsker Léon Chafik, Stockholm University



05.09.2022 14:15 - 05.09.2022 15:00
Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020)

BCCR cross-theme seminar: Marine ecosystems

Today at 14:15 pm will be a BCCR cross-theme seminar about ‘Marine ecosystems’.

The seminar will take place in the Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020) – in addition, there will be the possibility to join on zoom.


The cross-theme seminar will feature four separate talks:

  • Solfrid Sætre Hjøllo: Implications of climate change on harvestable, marine resources.
  • Filippa Franser: Increased or decreased future North Atlantic primary productivity - What do the cmip6 models project?
  • Anne Gro Salvanes: West Norwegian fjords as natural experimental facilities for studies of effects of oxygen loss on deep-water marine ecosystems.
  • Roshin P Raj - Influence of mesoscale Eddies on the primary production in the Norwegian Sea.
07.09.2022 13:23 - 09.09.2022 13:23
The Grand, Bergem

International symposium in remembrance of Prof. Yongqi Gao

For more info, see link

Les mer
08.09.2022 14:00 - 08.09.2022 16:00
West Wing, Jahnebakken 5, Large meeting room at the ground floor (U1-1120)

Bi-annual meeting for the strategic BCCR-project "The breathing Ocean" (O2Ocean)

Bi-annual meeting for the strategic BCCR-project "The breathing Ocean" (O2Ocean)

Please contact Nadine Goris ( if you want to participate in the meeting and are not part of the project team.

19.09.2022 14:15 - 19.09.2022 16:00
Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020)

Two BCCR seminars: Chrichton and Wainwright

We have two BCCR seminars on coming Monday, 19th September,
Monday, 19th September at 14:15 pm, Dr Katherine Crichton will give a BCCR Seminar titled "Seasonal climate drivers of productivity in Arctic Peatlands", and on the same day,

Monday, 19th September at 15:15 pm, Caroline Wainwright will give a BCCR Seminar titled "Rainfall Seasonality over East Africa; Recent Variability, Model Representation and Future Projections".

Abstracts can be found via the link.



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19.09.2022 14:15 - 19.09.2022 15:00
Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020)

Seminar: Seasonal climate drivers of productivity in Arctic Peatlands

Name of speaker: Dr. Katherine Chrichton from University of Exeter.

Les mer
21.09.2022 15:00 - 21.09.2022 16:00
Realfagbygget Pal.strat.kurssal (Room 2D12C)

“Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation instabilities during the last glacial cycle”.

The International Quaternary Webinars are a series of weekly research talks on Wednesdays at 15:00–16:00 CET with topics about Quaternary palaeoclimate in the North Atlantic region. The seminars are hosted by UiB with the University of Massachusetts and open to Quaternary researchers worldwide. The next seminar is this week, Wednesday 21st September and will be given by Yuxin Zhou, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, who will talk about “Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation instabilities during the last glacial cycle”.


Some of the speakers will give their seminars from GEO, and some will be webcast from other locations. Either way, we will meet each week in Realfagbygget Pal.strat.kurssal (Room 2D12C) to watch the seminar and discuss the work presented with the speaker. It is also possible to join the seminars on Zoom if you are not able to attend in person.


Before each seminar on Mondays 15:00–16:00 CET, there is a Journal Club meeting on Zoom to discuss a paper suggested by the speaker that is also open to everyone.


The details for both the Journal Club discussions and seminar schedule and suggested papers are on the Quaternary Webinar webpage.


Les mer
22.09.2022 09:00 - 23.09.2022 15:00
Bergen (Bjerknes seminar room, GFI, 4etg) Oslo (Bjerknes room/avlastningsbygget, METNO) Zoom links: see workshop agenda

Workshop on constraining large spread in climate projections

Dear Bjerknes colleagues,

We will hold a workshop on constraining the large spread in climate model projections on 22-23rd September 2022.

The idea was motivated by ongoing activities in RCN funded Columbia and KeyCLIM projects. The goal is to share different methodologies in assessing multi-model ensemble performance and constrain projection uncertainties.

The workshop, which will be held both physically and online (see agenda below for the room and zoom links), is open to project members and to others. But due to the limited space, we ask that those who would like to join physically to fill up the sign-up sheet to secure space and for ordering lunches.

Sign-up sheet, in particular for physical presence:

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Jerry and Michael


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26.09.2022 14:15 - 26.09.2022 15:00
Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020)

Seminar: “The response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to past Arctic warmth – Generating field data for ice-sheet modeling”

26th Sep, Monday, 14:15 pm – Jason Briner, “The response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to past Arctic warmth – Generating field data for ice-sheet modeling

27.09.2022 10:15
Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020)

Seminar talk: Observed and projected changes in the Gulf of Bothnia, Baltic Sea

Name of speaker: Dr. Laura Tuomi, Head of the Marine Research Unit at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. 

Abstract and bio via link.

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27.09.2022 10:15 - 27.09.2022 11:00
Bjerknes lecture room (4th floor, room 4020)

Seminar: "The present state and future changes in the Gulf of Bothnia (temperature, salinity, ice, circulation, waves) and how these affect possibilities for sustainable blue economy in the area".

27th Sep, Tuesday, 10:15 am - Laura Tuomi, "The present state and future changes in the Gulf of Bothnia (temperature, salinity, ice, circulation, waves) and how these affect possibilities for sustainable blue economy in the area".


27.09.2022 14:13 - 27.09.2022 16:00
Jahnebakken 3, room 212 (GFI East Wing) or via zoom

SciSnack meeting

Dear BCCR PhD students old and new,

You may have heard of the SciSnack (formerly ClimateSnack) writing group at GFI/BCCR, but for those of you who haven’t, I'd like to tell you a little bit about it now.

The main goal of SciSnack is to provide a friendly and relaxed environment for us to practice and improve our writing, be it scientific publications or outreach in general. We are mostly early career scientists, but the group is open to all who are enthusiastic about honing this valuable skill. We meet as a group once every three weeks, where we discuss writing topics, and give feedback to the short articles (or ‘snacks’) that people write. Once our snacks have been polished, we publish them on the website. You can read more about our aims at, and the meeting dates for this semester at


So please feel free to join us at our next meeting, tomorrow 27 Sept from 14:30-16:00 in Room 212 of Jahnebakken 3 (GFI East Wing). You can also join via Zoom.

Contact Andrew Seidl for more information.

27.09.2022 16:00 - 27.09.2022 17:00
Cantina Geophysical building, Allègaten 70

Talk: Paleoclimate during the earliest human migration to the High Arctic

Dear all,

Distinguished Professor Raymond Bradley are visiting Bergen and we take the opportunity to arrange a social gathering accompanying his talk (sponsored by UiB polar network). You are invited to pizza and drinks in the new cantina at the Geophysical building (Allègaten 70) at 16:00, Tuesday the 27 of September. Talk starts around 16:15 and please sign up here if you will have pizza:

Title: Paleoclimate during the earliest human migration to the High Arctic

Who: Raymond Bradley, Distinguished Professor, School of Earth and Sustainability, UMASS, US


Bradley is a University Distinguished Professor at School of Earth and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a leading thinker in the field of paleoclimatology. He’s the author of many books and has been working in and around the Arctic for the last 45 years. In his spare time, he’s an Arctic history enthusiast. In this talk he will present his latest NSF funded project that successfully had its first field season in Wandel Dal, Northernmost Greenland, this summer. From dated artefacts, we know that people first lived in Wandel Dal between 4500-3850 years before present (BP) and again between 2900-2250 years BP. After 2250 years BP, the region was completely abandoned, except for intermittent, short-term use by Thule people, the ancestors of modern Inuit, in the last ~600 years. We also know from archaeological remains that there would have been abundant muskoxen, hares, foxes, birds and char in this “high arctic oasis” during the time they were there. However, much of the history of these northernmost people on the planet, including their settlement, use, and the reasons for their abandonment of the region, remains a mystery. We hypothesize that past favourable climates (warm, stable) and abundant hunting resources would have been critical to sustain life at these latitudes and that climate and environmental changes in the last ~5000 years would have been a critical component in the migration of people in and out of this region. With this project, our interdisciplinary team seeks to understand the climate history of Tunup Avannaarsua and to place the Paleo-Inuit occupation of Wandel Dal into a broader climate perspective. Using the site "Pearylandville" on the shores of Nedre Midsommersø (Lower Midsummer Lake) as our base, we will retrieve and analyze lake sediment cores from the lake (and nearby lakes) to understand the ~5000-year climate history of this region including temperature, rainfall, lake ice cover, as well as the presence of terrestrial plants and animals. We will also map the key archaeological features of the lake and adjacent fjord, and better constrain the timing of these sites and their occupation. Together with modelling, we will develop a comprehensive understanding of the human-climate interactions in Wandel Dal and how they relate to broader shifts in glacier fluctuations, ocean circulation, and polynya dynamics, and the Holocene climate history of the Arctic.


See you soon,

Lars Henrik and Jostein (for the polar network)

28.09.2022 15:00 - 28.09.2022 16:00
Palstrat. Salen, 3 floor, Realfagsbygget or online

International Quaternary Webinar: Gateways to glaciation

Marcus Lofverstrom, University of Arizona, USA
“Gateways to glaciation”
Lofverstrom et al., 2022


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28.09.2022 16:15 - 28.09.2022 17:15
Realfagbygget building, Auditorium 1

“How can I move towards a more sustainable diet, and why does it matter?”

Dear all,

On Wednesday the 28th, at 16:15, there will be a talk and Q&A session titled “How can I move towards a more sustainable diet, and why does it matter?”, by Karl Purcell, PhD candidate at UiB and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.

The talk will take place in the Realfagbygget building, Auditorium 1:


àFree food provided (plant-based snacks and coffee)


      As we move towards an increasingly warmer world, and see news about unprecedented environmental degradation, one can wonder if she/he can do something about this. Solutions are known, such as green energies. However, one option often left off the table is what foods to bring to one’s table.

In this talk I will discuss how we can personally move towards a diet that drastically reduces GHG emissions, allows natural carbon sequestration, while also reducing negative impacts such as land use, freshwater use, eutrophication, biodiversity collapse, and the unnecessary killing of trillions of sentient beings. Practical aspects and implementable actions will be presented, and there will be a Q&A session.

If you plan to join, please sign up using this form by Friday 23rd, to order enough snacks J:

Looking forward to seeing many of you!

All the best, 


PS: the talk might be available by zoom, and will be recorded.

30.09.2022 10:15 - 30.09.2022 12:00
Auditorium 5, Realfagbygget, Allegaten 41

Disputas: Alexios Theofilopoulus

MSc. Alexios Theofilopoulos disputerer for ph.d.-graden:

Avhandlingens tittel:

«Reconstructing surface mass balance from the englacial stratigraphy of the Greenland Ice Sheet»


Professor Ralf Greve

Hokkaido University

Sapporo, Japan


Seniorforsker Kenichi Matsuoka

Norsk Polarinstitutt

Tromsø, Norge

Øvrig medlem i komiteen:
Førsteamanuensis Ann V. Rowan

Institutt for geovitenskap, UiB


Leder av disputasen:
Professor Atle Rotevatn

Institutt for geovitenskap, UiB

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